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Elvis Presley’s Graceland is defaced by vandals who spray-painted ‘BLM’ on wall of King’s mansion 

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Elvis Presley’s Graceland is defaced by vandals who spray-painted ‘BLM’ on wall of King’s mansion 

Elvis Presley’s iconic Graceland property in Memphis was defaced by vandals in a single day with ‘Black Lives Matter’ and ‘Defund the Police’ graffiti.

The protest slogans had been painted in thick black and orange lettering on the stone wall that surrounds the King’s mansion alongside Elvis Presley Boulevard, the Business Attraction first reported.

Graceland, the place Elvis lived for 20 years earlier than his demise in August 1977, additionally had its wall marred by different in style activist phrases akin to ‘Abolish ICE’, ‘Defund MPD’, and ‘F*** Trump’.

The spray-painted lettering coated 1000’s of tributes to Elvis written by followers who’ve visited the King’s dwelling because it formally grew to become a museum in 1982.

The vandalism was found by museum employees early Tuesday morning. 

Elvis Presley¿s iconic Graceland estate in Memphis has been defaced by vandals overnight with ¿Black Lives Matter¿ and ¿Defund the Police¿ graffiti

Elvis Presley’s iconic Graceland property in Memphis has been defaced by vandals in a single day with ‘Black Lives Matter’ and ‘Defund the Police’ graffiti

Elvis Presley lived at Graceland for two decades before his death on August 16, 1977, at age 42

Elvis Presley lived at Graceland for 20 years earlier than his demise on August 16, 1977, at age 42

The protest slogans were painted in thick black and orange lettering on the stone wall that surrounds the King¿s mansion along Elvis Presley Boulevard

The protest slogans had been painted in thick black and orange lettering on the stone wall that surrounds the King’s mansion alongside Elvis Presley Boulevard

The spray-painted lettering covered thousands of tributes to Elvis written by fans who have visited the King¿s home since it officially became a museum in 1982

The spray-painted lettering coated 1000’s of tributes to Elvis written by followers who’ve visited the King’s dwelling because it formally grew to become a museum in 1982

Followers of Elvis had been outraged to see the landmark defaced.

‘We had been simply driving by this morning and we appeared over,’ Alice Self informed WMC5. ‘We simply couldn’t consider it. We had been simply shocked by it.’

Invoice Stanley, Elvis’ stepbrother, additionally described how appalled he was that somebody would deface the King’s dwelling.

‘That is completely uncalled for,’ stated Stanley. ‘One of many saddest days of my life. I imply, moreover the day that Elvis handed away, this proper right here is correct up subsequent to it.’

Democratic State Rep. Antonio Parkinson provided a distinct tackle the graffiti, in opposition to the collective voice of shock, writing: ‘What’s the actual challenge right here? Each customer that has come to Graceland has written on that wall and there have been no complaints. So, actually, it’s WHAT was written, not the truth that it was written.’

A spokesperson for Graceland declined to touch upon the vandalism. Employee’s wielding power-washers had been seen eradicating the graffiti from the wall by mid-morning Tuesday.

However Elvis’ dwelling wasn’t the one iconic landmark vandalized within the metropolis from late Monday, to the early hours of Tuesday morning.

The vandalism was discovered by museum workers early Tuesday morning. Fans of Elvis were also shocked to see the landmark defaced.

The vandalism was found by museum employees early Tuesday morning. Followers of Elvis had been additionally shocked to see the landmark defaced.

Worker¿s wielding power-washers were seen removing the graffiti from the wall by mid-morning Tuesday

Employee’s wielding power-washers had been seen eradicating the graffiti from the wall by mid-morning Tuesday

The estate ¿ located along Highway 51 South, known as Elvis Presley Boulevard ¿ was opened to the public in 1982 and attracts around 600,000 visitors annually

The property — situated alongside Freeway 51 South, often known as Elvis Presley Boulevard — was opened to the general public in 1982 and attracts round 600,000 guests yearly

Vandals additionally struck the Levitt Shell live performance venue in Overton Park, spray-painting scrawled obscenities, together with ‘F*** TRUMP” and ‘F*** STRICKLAND,’ a reference to Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland, along with ‘EAT THE RICH’ and different phrases.

The open-air amphitheater was the place Elvis gave his first paid live performance on July 30, 1954.

A spokesperson for the Levitt Shell stated that is the sixth time this 12 months they’ve been vandalized. 

The venue has already been considerably impacted financially from the on-going coronavirus pandemic, and is at the moment battling an $800,000 finances shortfall.

Because of the constructing being a historic venue, the price of repainting the Levitt Shell might be round $150,000, Memphis police stated.

‘That’s why that is such a devastating scenario seeing it this morning,’ stated Natalie Wilson, Levitt Shell govt director. ‘It’s getting worse.’

Wilson says whereas she doesn’t condone the graffiti, she hopes the historic house could be a place the place the neighborhood can heal.

‘Defacing our stage isn’t applicable; nonetheless, we acknowledge their ache and we need to say to our neighborhood “it’s time the conversations are deeper, they’re extra productive and that change occurs with good communication”,’ Wilson stated.

Vandals also struck the Levitt Shell concert venue in Overton Park, spray-painting scrawled obscenities, including ¿F*** TRUMP

Vandals additionally struck the Levitt Shell live performance venue in Overton Park, spray-painting scrawled obscenities, together with ‘F*** TRUMP” and ‘F*** STRICKLAND,’ a reference to Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland, along with ‘EAT THE RICH’ and different phrases

A spokesperson for the Levitt Shell said this is the sixth time this year they¿ve been vandalized

A spokesperson for the Levitt Shell stated that is the sixth time this 12 months they’ve been vandalized

Additionally tagged in a single day by vandals was the big ‘I [Heart] Memphis’ mural on Cooper Avenue at York, the place the identical graffiti themes of ‘BLM’, ‘EAT THE RICH’, and ‘DEFUND POLICE’ had been scrawled throughout.

The situations of vandalism had been found on 901 Day, an unofficial celebration of Memphis tradition that takes place on September 1 annually.

Memphis police are investigating the vandalism. On-line, in the meantime, debate over the identification of the vandals was held throughout social media, with some blaming leftist ‘thugs’ for the harm and others claiming that ‘infiltrators’ looking for to discredit the Black Lives Matter motion had been accountable.

Elvis Presley lived at Graceland for 20 years earlier than his demise on August 16, 1977, at age 42.

The property — situated alongside Freeway 51 South, often known as Elvis Presley Boulevard — was opened to the general public in 1982 and attracts round 600,000 guests yearly.

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